One good thing has come out of the pandemic – more pet adoptions! But pets need exercise, enrichment, and basic training so they can be a good member of the family.
Of course, pets don’t come cheap! Expenses include food, vet visits, grooming, and more. For example, dog owners will spend an average of $1,459 and cat owners will spend $1,174 in just the first year.
To help reduce expenses, look for ways to save money with an online food subscription, which can save you about 5 percent, and ask about loyalty programs at local and online pet stores.
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When it comes to the vet, pet insurance might help. But before you enroll, know what it covers and what it doesn’t.
When Consumer Reports compared pet insurance coverage for a cat and a dog, it found that the cost could be worth it if your pet has a serious illness. But like insurance for people, pet insurance plans can be complicated, and they come with deductibles, copays, and premiums.
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Finally, it’s important to prepare yourself and your pet for a post-pandemic life. That could mean hiring a dog walker or paying for doggie daycare, which is yet another expense.
You can help your pet adjust to a new routine by gradually getting him to follow what his schedule will be on days when your family is at work or school, like having him spend a few hours at a time alone in a room.